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Liberal Democrat Party manifesto

We outline the key policy points relevant to local government from the Liberal Democrat Party's manifesto.

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We have referenced the relevant areas of the Liberal Democrat Party manifesto below.

Pre-manifesto pledges

  • Plans to abolish Ofwat, the water regulator, and introduce a new regulator to tackle the sewage crisis. They will put community environmental experts on water company boards to improve public accountability, and water CEO bonuses will be banned. Water companies will become ‘Public Benefit Companies’.
  • Increase taxes on social media giants and companies to fund mental health professionals for all England’s state schools.
  • Free school meals for all primary school children funded by a new share buyback tax, starting with children in poverty.
  • Reverse cuts to the Public Health Grant with £1 billion of investment per year, paid for by a crackdown on tax evasion.
  • Give rivers a new ‘Blue Flag’ status and expand marine protected areas to tackle sewage dumping.
  • Free personal care would be offered to older or disabled people at home. This pledge, plus raising care workers’ pay, would end the hospital crisis and help people stay in their own homes. 
  • Introduce a carer's minimum wage, at a rate £2 above the standard minimum wage, and create a Royal College of Care Workers comparable to the Royal Colleges of Nursing and Midwives.